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Commonwealth Shakespeare Expands with Babson College

by Michael  Cox
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Sep 4, 2013

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) will expand its operation in the Greater Boston area by serving as resident theater company of Babson College, announced the two organizations.

"We recognized a unique opportunity to expand our reach while continuing to fulfill our core mission in Boston," said Steven Maler, Founding Artistic Director of CSC.

Babson College is the recognized world leader in entrepreneurship education and the only school dedicated to advancing Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society.

"Through this partnership with Babson College," stated Maler, "CSC will continue its productions and educational work in Boston and infuse new resources to enhance the arts and culture offerings on Babson's campus for its students and the College's surrounding communities."

CSC will continue to bring the works of William Shakespeare, in vital, contemporary and free productions, to more than 100,000 people through its annual Shakespeare on the Common.

They will also maintain their vital educational work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. Further, in 2015, CSC will launch additional educational outreach programming through a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) "Our Town" grant.

As the resident theatre company of Babson, CSC will devote significant resources to Babson College’s arts and academic programs in order to bolster the College’s efforts to enhance the natural synergies between entrepreneurship and the arts.

"Experiences that require creativity and collaboration are essential to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset," said Babson President Kerry Healey, who has served on the CSC Board of Directors for the past five years.

CSC’s partnership with Babson includes directing Babson’s Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts (Sorenson Center). The Sorenson Center offers a diverse array of programming in theater, dance, music, film, video, literary art, and visual arts for on-campus audiences and the general public at the College’s award-winning Carling-Sorenson Theater and Sorenson Family Visual Arts Center. It also supports the creative and performing experiences of student organizations while offering field-based learning opportunities for students working within business and liberal arts curricula.

Mr. Maler will serve as Director of Babson’s Sorenson Center for the Arts and Adam Sanders, CSC’s Associate Artistic Director will serve as Associate Director of the Sorenson Center for the Arts. Babson professor Beth Wynstra will serve as Faculty Director of the Sorenson Center for the Arts, working in close collaboration with Mr. Maler and Mr. Sanders to shape the vision all arts programming offered at Babson, whether curricular or co-curricular.

"Babson recognizes the important role the arts and sciences play in offering our students a deep set of experiences that build a full spectrum of knowledge," said Healey. "We are delighted to welcome the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company to Babson, where its world-class productions and professional artists can further enrich the living/learning environment we offer our students both in and out of the classroom."


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